Unsafe crosswalk in Bankers Hill
I believe the pedestrian ramp facing south on the intersection of Laurel and Union streets in Bankers Hill is a danger for people and cars. Something needs to be done for public safety. It looks like an accident or fatality waiting to happen.
I believe the pedestrian ramp facing south is encouraging pedestrians to cross at a dangerous intersection. There should really be a sign telling pedestrians and handicapped people not to cross Laurel Street there, as the cars are on such a steep incline and usually traveling uphill at a high speed that they cannot safely stop to yield to pedestrians, especially someone going slowly across in a wheelchair, seniors, or anyone without the ability to run quickly across the street to not be run over. Vehicles race up the street with no visibility to see someone crossing and do not expect someone to be crossing the street where there is no stop sign, heading up the steep hill traveling east to west towards Balboa Park.
I am greatly concerned, horrified, dismayed and shocked that the handicap ramp is now installed before the cars need to stop at the stop sign. The stop sign is already installed on the wrong side of the road, which is on the west side of the intersection, (instead of the east side as normal stop signs are placed). This is because of one of the steepest hills in San Diego is located there. (Most cars do not even stop.) The pedestrian ramp is now placed approximately eight feet in front of (east of) the stop sign. On the south side there is no stop requirement. Cars coming up the steep incline cannot see the top of the hill where most driver race up the hill. No one is expecting anyone to be crossing the road there.
Over the many years of living here watching the traffic increase, seeing the lack of visibility up and down the hill located between Balboa Park and the airport on Laurel Street, seeing cars race up and down the hill, I cannot believe the city allowed the ramp to be installed by the developers NDD, Nakhshab Development & Design with a permit and developmental services blessing. The pedestrian ramps were on the north side of Laurel Street previously before that area was made a private driveway for the convenience of the developers. Who is in charge of public safety? I contacted the Public Safety committee and was told that this is not their domain.
The address for the apartment building that the stop sign and ramp are in front of is 610 West Laurel Street, SD, CA 92101.
This is on the steepest part of Laurel Street where the stop sign is on the west side of the street, instead of the east side. There is no stop sign or stop signal on the south side of Laurel Street as the street is too steep to require the cars to stop and no one in a vehicle can see the intersection going up the hill.
If someone crosses Laurel Sreet at Union Street, they will be crossing a dangerous intersection with no ability to see what is coming up the hill usually at great speed at them. Vision up Laurel Street is only one block long as Laurel turns for a bend in the road at Horton Avenue, one block up.
There is construction in addition to the homes and apartment buildings already there four townhouses, 12 apartments and now 26 mores units are being built. All will be exiting and entering the half dead-end block of Union Street in front of the stop sign, with the handicapped ramp in front of it to turn on Laurel street. So best guess is over 100 vehicles at least once per day, including the apartments already built on northwest side of Union Street will be attempting to exit or enter at this intersection in heavy traffic most of the day, adding to the danger of this intersection.
It looks to me an accidents and death setup. Please look into this. How did this pass city approval? Why was this approved?
— Linda Aurora Espino, San Diegov